There are two kinds of vegans. Those who do it for health and those that do it for ethical reasons. I’ve discovered the way you can tell. Not that it makes a difference in general but when coaching someone make the switch to a vegan lifestyle knowing why makes it easier to guide them toward success.
The ones who are doing it for ethical reasons look for meat substitutes to help them enjoy the foods they previously ate but not harm animals or support factory farming. Vegan versions of bacon, ground beef and cheese are among the most popular and difficult to give up. I have found that most substitutes either get the texture or flavor right but rarely both. It becomes a crutch. These foods are okay in moderation or when trying to recreate a favorite family recipe but they often contain lots of processed ingredients.
Those who are looking to improve their health are more apt to jump right in and want to eat a Whole Foods plant based diet but often fail because they feel a sense of lack or like they are missing out.
It’s better to create a plan where you can ease into the lifestyle.
Cheese and sugar have both been shown to be as addicting as cocaine. While some people Are better at taking on the “quit cold turkey” approach, others find that transitioning at a reasonable pace increases your chances of success. As you begin the journey it helps to have someone who can help you determine the best way for you to achieve your goals and cheer you on. Even the best athletes have coaches. If you are interested in a free consultation contact me.